Women certainly love men who are good with their hands. At least this is true of the heroine in Carla Cassidy's latest Lawmen of Black Rock novel, Tool Belt Defender. Brittany Grayson didn't know she'd be getting more than a carpenter when she hired hunky Alex Crawford, but she's certainly not complaining about it. Today, the author shares an insider's look at her new suspense-filled series romance and chats about her inspiration for this story — her own handyman husband. And don't miss your chance to win your own copy of Tool Belt Defender at the end of this post!
Every heroine wants a hot, handsome hero in her bed and there’s nothing wrong with that, but how capable is that hero when he crawls out from under the sheets?
When I started writing Tool Belt Defender, I knew I didn’t want my hero to be a cop or a military man. I wanted more of an ordinary man. Oh, he definitely had to be hot and a man with great hands…hands that could accomplish things besides caress the heroine with sweet seduction. My hero, Alex Crawford is handsome, sexy and a carpenter.
I have intimate knowledge of carpenters, I married one. He’s hot and handsome but he also builds things that have endurance, things that I cherish. When I was pregnant with our daughter he worked late at night to make me a beautiful wooden stool so I could rest my feet.
When we moved to the house where we now live, I wistfully said that I would love a gazebo off the large deck he’d already built. He set about making my wish come true and with every fall of the hammer my heart filled with more love for him.
Yes, I like a hot man in my bed, but I also like those handy men who can repair a garbage disposal, put together a table for my office, or build that gazebo where the two of us can sit together in the evenings and watch a sunset.
Tool Belt Defender is the fifth book in the Lawmen of Black Rock series. Brittany Grayson’s brothers have all found their happy endings, however Brittany is still suffering the trauma of being held captive for months by a madman. One of the things she’d promised herself if she survived was that she’d have a huge deck built on the back of her house, a place where she could entertain all her friends and loved ones.
Alex Crawford is just the man for the job. With his tool belt riding low on his lean hips and with broad shoulders, he agrees to build her deck, but will he by her side when danger once again stalks her?
I hope you enjoy Tool Belt Defender and I wish everyone a handy man like I found, a man who has not only taken care of the repair work around the house, but who has also taken very good care of my heart.
- Carla Cassidy
GIVEAWAY ALERT: Three readers will win a copy of Tool Belt Defender. To enter, just leave a comment on this post telling us what occupation you like a hero to have. Alternatively, you can email your answer here with your mailing address and the subject line "Carla Cassidy Giveaway." The giveaway ends January 6 and is open to U.S. and Canadian residents only.